Bike share offers a pay-as-you-go, reliable, flexible A to B, transport solution which complements public transport and improves health and well-being. Bike share supports access to work, training and education in the following ways:
- Job creation: By directly creating jobs in operational and marketing functions as well as often supporting local charities or CIC offering training to long term unemployed and youth offenders1
- Access to work: Bike share offers last mile connection from bus and rail stations2,3 to employment sites especially for those unable to afford a car or their own bicycle. Or those without anywhere to store their own bike at home.
- Help for the unemployed: Bike share membership is a low cost, flexible, healthy support mechanism for those without work to help them access job opportunities.
- Relieving parking and congestion problems: Bike share supports new developments or allows sites to add new jobs without creating additional pressure on parking spaces or local roads4.
- Economic development: Bike share stimulates economic growth in a number of ways which in turn creates further employment opportunities
- Cyclists spend more money in city centres that those travelling by car5,6
- Bike share draws visitors to tourist attractions through a fun, flexible fast and affordable travel mode.
- Bike share can reduce travel times7
- Cyclists have increase productivity, are healthier and take less time off8,9
Notes – further evidence available in the Bikeplus guidance –Evidence for the Benefits of Bike Share)
- Both nextbike and hourbike typically partner with local charities for operational support.
- 56% of users in Dublin combined bike share with train and 35% with bus travel. (Murphy & Usher 2015)
- Bike share usage was higher at London docking stations near transport hubs (Goodman & Cheshire 2014)
- 11% of Oxonbike users would have done the same trip by car if the bike share scheme was not available (OXON bike survey 2014
- Visiting cyclist spends on average £25 / day locally compared to a car borne visitor’s £7.30 as they can’t bring what they need with them and feel hungrier. European Cycling Federation.
- A study in Minnesota reported an extra spend of US$1.20/user/week in proximity of bike share stations. (Buehler & Hamre 2014)
- Speed and convenience were main reasons for joining the bike share scheme. (TfL 2015)
- Absenteeism is reduced by 0.4 days off per year by those who cycle (or walk) (DfT)
- 68% of users had not cycled for their current trips prior to the launch of Dublinbikes & 63% who owned their own bike said they purchased it as a result of using the scheme. (Murphy & Usher 2015)
This document was compiled by Bikeplus, February 2016